Here’s what Mammoth Mountain looked like yesterday morning:
I skied yesterday, and it was really fun! There was about 3″” of fresh powder that gave the mountain a new coat of white. I got to the Main Lodge parking lot at opening at 7:30 am and hastily put on my ski boots and gear. I went to chair 1, and did a run down Broadway to warm up.
Last year at this time there were only 2 – 4′ wide paths of snow at the bottom to link you to the lift. This year there is so much snow Broadway is covered the entire length and width all the way to the Main Lodge. Mammoth’s snow base is 5-9 feet still, and I saw no rocks showing through any where on the mountain where you would not have expected them.
For a second run, I skied chair 3 on Center Bowl which was carvable the whole way down. Center bowl was grommed, then 3″ of snow fell making it really easy to ski. That was fun, so I tried Rooster Tail to Christmas Bowl and China Bowl. That lap was really excellent and untouched, so I did it 3 times before hitting the top.
I took the gondola to the top, and elected to ski Cornice which was nice and smooth all the way down. The next time, I tried MJB’s. You could take a right, then left, then a right turn and wind up under Varmots and Hangman’s for a smooth fresh powder run down to Hair Jump. This lap was so fun I connected it with Fascination and Terry’s Run at the bottom for top to bottom laps.
I skied continuously from 7:30 am to 10:30 am, and wore myself out. You get a ton of skiing in in just a few hours when there are virtually no lift lines. Tomorrow Mammoth Mountain plans to open chair 2 and Stump Alley to have more terrain available. Come up to ski this Holiday weekend at Mammoth and then hike, fish or take photographs of the scenic beauty that surrounds this area in the afternoon. That’s sure to provide some rest and relief for your vacation.
I’m skiing tomorrow, so I’ll give you another update on snow conditions then. Until then, see you on the slopes!